Martin Hawksey

Learning Technology Advisor

Google Sheets charts in your inbox

Back in 2015 I shared a post on Tips on emailing inline Google Charts from Sheets using Apps Script, which looked at how you can email charts from Google Sheets. This solution is one I use in my work on a daily basis and remains largely unchanged. More recently I was faced with the problem that I couldn’t include a Combo Chart. In this post I revisit this problem and share a solution for including copies of your Google Sheet charts in your email reports.

Meeting around a document by Visual Thinkery is licenced under CC-BY-ND

We are using this approach to create some space to think together in ‘unprecedented times’. It’s open leadership in practice and in pandemic times. For regular readers this is a slight departure from our regular ‘Virtual Teams’ posts taking a broader view of work whilst midst global pandemic.

Mail merge steps

Last year I had a ‘mail merge using Gmail and Google Sheets’ contribution accepted on the G Suite Developers Solution Gallery. Just over 6 months on there has been lots of useful feedback and requests for solutions to some of the limitations of the original published script. In the meantime Google has also made the new V8 runtime for Google Apps Script generally available. Given this it seemed appropriate to revisit the original solution updating it for V8 as well as covering the most commonly asked for changes. In this post I’ll highlight some of the coding changes as well as some easy modifications.

Examples of hyperlinks in Google Sheets cells

I’ll start off by saying this is a very geeky post and if you’ve landed here because you are struggling with extracting hyperlinks in Google Sheets then you might prefer to jump straight to Alexander Ivanov’s Extract URL’s Add-on or alternatively the Info Inspired post Extract URLs in Google Sheets Without Script. The problem: hyperlinks in Google Sheets can be in three different formats…

VLOOKUP in action

At the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) hosting large events is a regular activity and over the years we have developed bespoke workflows largely based in Google Sheets. In this post I’m going to share some of the tips we use for scheduling our events including drafting/publishing an event programme and how to keep in touch with your presenters.

Example JSON output

Currently one of the most popular posts on this site is my Google Apps Script Patterns: Writing rows of data to Google Sheets. Given Google’s recent announcement of the general availability of the new V8 runtime I thought it was worth revisiting this particular pattern and using the modern syntax now available to Google Apps Script developers.